Ke’Shawn Vaughn rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns to help Vanderbilt earn its first Southeastern Conference victory of the season with a 45-31 win over Arkansas on Saturday.

Kyle Shurmur added a pair of touchdown passes to Jared Pinkney for the Commodores (4-5, 1-4), who earned their first SEC win since a victory over Tennessee to end last season.

Vaughn ran 26 times in his return after missing last week’s loss to Kentucky with an injury, including a 63-yard touchdown burst for Vanderbilt’s first score. He finished just short of his career-best of 180 yards rushing, set as a freshman with Illinois in 2015.

Vanderbilt tight end Jared Pinkney celebrates with Mr. Commodore after a touchdown catch against Arkansas in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Vanderbilt tight end Jared Pinkney celebrates with Mr. Commodore after a touchdown catch against Arkansas in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Shurmur finished 13-of-19 passing for 192 yards, and Pinkney had five catches for 93 yards and the two scores.

Rakeem Boyd ran 19 times for 113 yards for the Razorbacks (2-7, 0-5), the third time in four games the sophomore has topped the 100-yard mark in rushing.

Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyd dives into the end zone to score a touchdown against Vanderbilt in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyd dives into the end zone to score a touchdown against Vanderbilt in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

After missing last week’s game with a concussion, Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey returned and completed 23 of 36 passes for 240 yards. He also threw two touchdowns and two interceptions.

THE TAKEAWAY

Arkansas tight end Cheyenne O'Grady makes a one handed catch in front of Vanderbilt defensive back Frank Coppet in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas tight end Cheyenne O’Grady makes a one handed catch in front of Vanderbilt defensive back Frank Coppet in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Four of Vanderbilt’s five losses this season are to teams ranked in the top 15. The Commodores certainly looked battle-tested while rushing for 250 yards as a team — thanks in large part to the return of Vaughn — and kept their bowl hopes alive with games remaining against Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee.

UP NEXT

Arkansas running back Chase Hayden breaks away from the Vanderbilt defense to score a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas running back Chase Hayden breaks away from the Vanderbilt defense to score a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

Vanderbilt has a bye next week before traveling to Missouri on Nov. 10

The Razorbacks host No. 4 LSU on Nov. 10.

Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyd tries to shake Vanderbilt defender LaDarius Wiley in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyd tries to shake Vanderbilt defender LaDarius Wiley in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

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Source: The Associated Press

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